3 Allergen-Free Snacks That Kids Will Die For
When your kid has a food allergy, or multiple food allergies, it can be extremely hard to find snacks for them to enjoy. In most cases, you'll need to make your own to ensure the best possible outcome. Here are a few allergen-free snacks that kids will be begging for after having just one bite:
1. Sweet Potato Crackers
These sweet potato crackers are free from a number of allergens, including soy, dairy, nut, corn and gluten. The recipe calls for gluten-free flour, salt, baking powder, water and mashed sweet potatoes. Mix all the ingredients together well and roll into balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for five minutes at 350 degrees F. Flip the crackers over and bake for five more minutes. To make these even more kid-friendly, consider using a cookie cutter to cut the crackers into certain shapes (stars, hearts, etc.) before baking. For more of a crunch, bake a little bit longer.
2. Cookies & Cream Rice Krispies
This is a tasty and quick dessert that uses only five ingredients: gluten-free rice cereal, mini marshmallows, butter, vanilla extract and mashed gluten-free Oreo-copycat cookies. You will first take the Oreo-like cookies and mash them into small pieces inside of a plastic bag or bowl (leave the filling inside). Add this to the rice cereal. In another bowl, you'll mix the butter and marshmallows together. Place in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt. Put back in for 10 seconds at a time if not melted all the way. Once melted completely, add the vanilla extract and then the rice cereal and cookie mixture a cup at a time. Transfer batter into a greased pan and lightly press down. Allow it to set and cool before cutting and serving.
3. Jam-Filled Shortbread Cookies
These jam-filled shortbread cookies are free of gluten, dairy, egg and nut. You'll need several items, including coconut butter, shredded coconut, coconut flour, coconut milk, maple syrup, sea salt, orange extract, vanilla extract and your child's favorite type of jam. Allow the coconut butter to be extremely soft for easy mixing, and mix it with all of the other ingredients (minus the jam, of course) in a medium-sized bowl. When mixed well, roll into a small bowl and place on a cookie sheet. Use your thumb or the back of a spoon to make an indention in the middle of each cookie where you will now place a spoonful of the jam. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes.
If your child has a food allergy, you may want to speak to your doctor about the steps you need to take in managing your child's food allergy. Aside from trying to avoid the allergens, most children are prescribed an epinephrine pen to be used in situations where an allergen is consumed. If your child doesn't have one, it is crucial that you speak to an allergy specialist immediately to get one and develop an allergy treatment plan tailored to your child.
Contact a clinic like Asthma and Allergy Clinic for more information.